Gaol for Drug Trafficking appealed from the Magistrates Court to the County Court
A duty solicitor had initially appeared for the client at the Magistrates’ Court and unfortunately for the client, things did not go his way. At the time the case proceeded the client was on bail for other drug trafficking matters, and upon entering a plea of guilty to the new matters he was sentenced to nine months imprisonment. Two months were to be served immediately, with the rest wholly suspended for a period of two years.
This was a very bad outcome and we were engaged to assist.
We immediately ran a bail application and had the client released on bail and by the time the appeal came before the County Court, the first matters had been withdrawn.
Prior to the matter proceeding on appeal we had the client in rehabilitation and when the matter came before the County Court Judge and following submissions, the client received a work only Community Corrections Order for 15 months with 200 hours of community service. It was an outstanding outcome.